Re: Where are we?

From: Jim Carruthers (jimcarr@norpak.ca)
Date: Mon, Oct 11 1999


Message-ID: <3801D018.239EE7AA@norpak.ca>
Date: Mon, 11 Oct 1999 07:55:05 -0400
From: Jim Carruthers <jimcarr@norpak.ca>
To: Harald Tveit Alvestrand <Harald@Alvestrand.no>
CC: "Michael A. Dolan" <miked@tbt.com>, www-tv@w3c.org
Subject: Re: Where are we?

Michael/Harald:

ShowView is the European name for Gemstar's VCR Plus+ system.

Cheers
Jim

Harald Tveit Alvestrand wrote:
> 
> > >2) As a TV watcher, when I've identified a channel, the next level
> >of
> > >identification is commonly a timeslot, as is done by the ShowView
> > >bizarre-digit scheme here in Norway, for instance.
> > >I would regard content as being an orthogonal identifier, but
> >timeslot
> > >seems intrinsically channel-bound.
> >
> >Can you forward the syntax of the scheme you refer to?
> 
> 1*9DIGIT, unfortunately.
> 
> The ShowView system uses a proprietary algorithm to compress date, time and
> channel number into something that's compact enough to be printed in
> program listings, and that can be punched with reasonable reliability on a
> videorecorder's remote control.
> 
> They earn royalties from both the VCR recorder people and the people who
> use their stuff in program listings, and have NOT made the algorithm public.
> 
> Unfortunately.
> 
>                        Harald
> 
> --
> Harald Tveit Alvestrand, Maxware, Norway
> Harald.Alvestrand@maxware.no